When the God created and sent us on this earth, he bestowed some special quality upon each one of us. It may be evident in some while it could be dormant or hidden in some others. He has left it to us to look for it, use it or develop it.
Being creative need not necessarily mean that you have to be some Picasso – M.F.Hussain or a Shakespeare. Even small things can give creative satisfaction — a doodle here or a simple sketch there, a recipe well executed, a spot of embroidery on a cushion cover, strumming a few notes on your guitar — the list is endless. Isn’t that creativity? Does it not bring at least some happiness?
Dedicating a day to creativity may sound frivolous. Oh, isn’t that some sort of fancy time-pass, some may say. When there are innumerable, intense burning issues in need of immediate attention, celebrating something as useless as creativity is sheer waste of time; that would be an obvious reaction.
But is it really useless? Try to think. It does have ample relevance in today’s time and conditions.
This particular platform is shared by people who are already involved in creativity, in one way or the other; thus they are acquainted with the happiness it brings. But there are millions of people out there who, voluntarily or involuntarily, are caught up in a mad race of life and as a result, are facing only stress, strain, tensions, pressures ——
Caught up in the various vicious cycles of life’s pressures, a person may end up on a counsellor’s couch. Creativity is like a valve on the pressure-cooker lid. It lets out the steam when the pressure increases beyond limits and thus this valve prevents bursting.
Dedicating a day to creativity is somewhat similar to Yoga Day. People are not going to gain all the benefits in one day, but at least it could be a start. Even if a person makes a small beginning — say, a small flower arrangement to beautify a corner of your house, composing a photo, a piece of origami or quilling…. so many more things; then he/she would realise what a great stress-buster it is and how much solace, pleasure, relaxation this creativity brings. One would not need the crutches of smoking, drinking (sometimes even destructive tendencies) to find some relaxation.
Once we realise the mental high we feel by creating something – anything, then slowly but surely it would get incorporated in our daily life.
So? Wouldn’t that be good for the mental health of today’s fast paced society?
On the social level, the day could be celebrated by organising small community exhibitions — may be, with some food stalls, a stall of sketches, one with fabric painted dupattas-linens, another displaying crocheted woollies etc etc…. the options are many. This would also help bring the local talent to the fore.
So Cheers to the joy of Creativity !
And lessening of the stress and tensions!
This post was written in response to the IndiSpire prompt 125 #DedicateADay2Celebrate
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